Bentley's Boutique Hotel1660 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey 3.5 out of 5.0
12 minutes from Venice by car and 30 from Sarasota, this boutique hotel is perfectly located near the Gulf Coast. Guests can take a free shuttle to the white ...
we enjoyed our stay at the Bentley's Boutique Hotel. The room is clean and updated, the staff great. the location is close to everything.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key 4.0 out of 5.0
Nestled on the beach, this Longboat Key resort is within a 15-minute walk of Sarasota BayWalk and Mote Marine Aquarium. St. Armands Circle is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
Hyatt Regency Sarasota1000 Blvd Of The Arts, Sarasota 4.0 out of 5.0
Located in the heart of Sarasota, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marie Selby Botanical ...
Disappointed on having to pay an extra $18.00 for 2 bottles of water and other extras that should come with the price of staying at a Hyatt. The room was very nice and pool was beautiful.
Lido Beach Resort700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota 3.5 out of 5.0
Arrayed along a private beach of fine white sand on the Gulf of Mexico, this island resort is on Lido Key, a half-mile from Saint Armands Circle shops and cafés ...
Perfect location with ocean view at a reasonable price. Staff was friendly and helpful. Loved Tiki Bar and breakfast .
Hyatt Place Sarasota950 University Parkway, Sarasota 3.0 out of 5.0
Hyatt Place Sarasota is a 3-minute drive from the airport, near the International Convention Center. Nature lovers can visit the butterflies and bearded dragons ...
Super friendly staff. Convenient to USF-Sarasota-Manatee, the Ringling Museum, The car museum and right across from the airport. I'm on a strict diet and they were nice enough to make me a salad specific to my needs. The bar (not part of the diet) was stocked with a decent selection of beers and ...
Ramada Venice Hotel Venezia425 Us Highway 41 Byp N, Venice 3.0 out of 5.0
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Venice Train Depot and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Venice Beach. Centennial Park and Venice Theater are ...
Great location, near downtown and friendly staff. I stayed here for a week last 4 years and enjoyed it.
Tropical Beach Resorts6717 Sara Sea Circle, Siesta Key 3.5 out of 5.0
Tropical Beach Resorts is located on Florida's Siesta Key barrier island. Just across the road is Crescent Village with its restaurants and shops, while hiking, ...
Great place to stay beach was wonderful,good price for chairs and umbrella
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota Downtown1803 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 2.5 out of 5.0
Located in the heart of Sarasota, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ...
Check-in was very prompt. Staff was super nice, pleasant and a pleasure to work with. Service was always with a smile. Staff was ready to accommodate any special requests.
Ramada Sarasota7150 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 3.0 out of 5.0
Located less than 2 miles from the airport, this Florida hotel overlooks Sarasota Bay and is convenient to many of the Gulf of Mexico's white-sand beaches, including ...
I had no idea that this hotel had such a great view!
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota 3.0 out of 5.0
Facing the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Beach, this quiet, family-friendly Sarasota resort features 600 feet of private white-sand beach; upscale shops and restaurants ...
Our room was outdated and had a funny smell. The outside of the facilities was beautiful and clean with a bar, restaurant and two pools; the beach was so close you only had to walk a few steps to get there. Beach service for chairs and umbrellas was excellent. We were there for five nights and by ...
Enjoy the spellbinding beaches of Sarasota, Florida
According to a local legend, Sarasota was once named Zara Zota, which is believed to mean “the Sahara by the blue waters.” This moniker is an apt description of the expanse of white sandy beaches washed by the warm azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of 99 percent pure crystal quartz, these spellbinding beaches are among the whitest on the planet.
This idyllic emerald coast setting has attracted adventurers and romantics since the late 19th century, including John Ringling who selected the area as the winter quarters for his traveling circus in 1911. Sarasota's historic buildings and modern edifices, such as the Wilson Building, have influenced architects around the world. This seaside community also has an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and comfortable accommodations.
Things to see and do
In keeping with its motto, Sarasota maintains a small-town atmosphere while providing a range of big city amenities.
Beaches and leisure activities
Guests of Sarasota hotels can relax on the beach, experience a variety of exciting water sports, and watch colorful sunsets. Popular events like the annual Classic Sand Sculpting Competition attract visitors from around the globe. Head offshore on a deep-sea fishing or dolphin-watching cruise. Golfers can hone their skills on one of more than 60 courses. Sarasota also serves as a spring training center for Major League Baseball. The sports complex hosts a variety of events, such as car shows and concerts. Entertainment venues like the historic Asolo Theater and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall feature a variety of musical and theatrical productions. Designed by an architect who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright, the Van Wezel includes a color scheme selected by Mr. Wright's widow.
Sarasota has some of the world's finest museum collections. The majestic estate constructed for circus owner John Ringling is now home to Cà d'Zan, his opulent Venetian Gothic 56-room mansion as well as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Circus Museum. The art museum's collection displays the works of American, Asian and European masters. The Circus Museum chronicles the rich heritage of this live performance show. The collection of artifacts and trails of the 30-acre Spanish Point historic site encompass over 5,000 years in the region. Jungle Gardens features more than 10 acres of lush exotic plants from around the globe, including many rare and endangered species. The tanks of the Mote Aquarium are home to amazing sea creatures that inhabit the nearby waters, such as sharks, sea turtles and dolphins, along with a variety of tropical fish.
The food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and entertainment of the contemporary Ringling International Arts Festival signal the advent of the local festival season. The epicurean Forks and Corks Festival features a delightful range of tasting events. A frequent backdrop for movies and television shows, Sarasota is the host city for a regional film festival each spring. The early fall Sarasota Chalk Festival highlights the talents of artists using this colorful medium. There are numerous other cultural festivals and celebrations held throughout the year.
Best time to visit
Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. As a result, January through April is the peak season due to the area's most inviting weather. In addition to being the dry season, this period features temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s. Evening lows average in the 50s. Late spring through summer is the off-season due to significant rainfall and high temperatures, which can reach the upper 90s. Summer afternoon storms are common. Temperatures and rainfall begin to moderate during the October to December “shoulder season.”
Guests of Sarasota hotels can reach this charming destination by air or car. Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located approximately five miles northwest of downtown, and is served by several major and commuter airlines. Visitors can easily reach Sarasota from Interstate 75, which is situated five miles to the east. The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is a major north-to-south route through Sarasota, and provides easy access to all that “Paradise” has to offer.
Circus lovers, southern belles and beach lovers can all find enjoyment in this lovely city of the Sunshine State.
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